Startup Weekend LMU

    Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

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  5. Coaches and Mentors
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Startup Weekend LMU

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015

Friday, November 20 - 22, 2015
Event starts at 5:30 pm

Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive HIL 100
Los Angeles, CA 90045

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Friday November 20th

5:30 pm
Arrive at the venue and get checked in, Music Sponsored by Power 106

6:00 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:05 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday November 21st

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

10:00 am
Pitch Perfect Workshop
Learn the best techniques and strategies of pitching in preparation for the final pitch! Led by Lew Jaffe, Loyola Marymount University – HIL Lobby

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday November 22nd

8:45 am
Yoga & Meditation
A brief introduction to gentle movement and breathing to assist with clarity, stress relief and increase energy followed by a guided meditation to promote creative problem solving. Led by Marieclare Sia, HIL Lobby

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

10:00 am
Coaches arrive. Final opportunity to ask questions

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

4:00 pm

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!


Rohan Reddi

Rohan Reddi is a fourth generation entrepreneur and Senior, Entrepreneurship Major at the Hilton College of Business at LMU in LA. Rohan grew up in the world of business, learning the tricks of the trade from his grandfather on Sundays and watching his dad put his blood, sweat and tears into building business, growing it and taking it public. Through this experience,he grew an immense passion for Entrepreneurship and it is this passion that he brings with him on all his endeavors. Rohan is very active on campus and is involved with and cofounded numerous organizations, like our Entrepreneurship Society . He is an LMU Leadership Scholar and 2015 Entrepreneurship Student to the year.  Rohan is the Co-Founder of a revolutionary fin-tech Start-Up ; Twine. A social payment app that will change the way friends interact with each other about money. They have had some amazing success till date, bringing some industry titians on their board and winning 5 National Competitions.  The first one actually being exactly a year ago, right here : The Global Pitch Challenge.

Sophia Biggs

Sophia Biggs was a member of the Administration team for the first Google Start-up Weekend at Cal State LA. This will be her third time attending Start-up weekend and her first time at LMU! Even though she was a Communications Major and her studies focus on Public Relations, Sophia is very passionate about radio and being a DJ. She was heavily involved with the radio station at her campus and helped to launch the first webcast station at Cal State LA. While attending Cal State LA, Sophia was also involved in Forensics Speech & Debate and Lambda Pi Eta. After graduating Cal State LA, Sophia is now a member Power 106’s Flava Unit!

Matt Stodder

Matt Stodder has been working in and around the digital industry for nearly 20 years. He currently serves on the executive team of CTRL Collective, a new creative community in Los Angeles that houses and nurtures some of the world’s most promising up-and-coming entrepreneurs and new businesses. Prior to joining CTRL Collective, Matt held leadership positions in marketing, revenue strategy, original programming, and product development at Apple, Yahoo! Entertainment, and Launch Music, as well as the Los Angeles Times, where he produced the first streamed video debate for governor in California history. He also project directed The Democracy Network, one of the first interactive election information platforms developed for the Internet. Matt has consulted with numerous new businesses, startups, and entrepreneurs. He is passionate about helping businesses build paths to success through creativity, ingenuity, hard work and, ultimately, being true to their passions and story. These are things he learned growing up from his dad who would hold court at the family dinner table nightly, telling stories about the businesses he worked so hard to help.

Event Judges

Lew Jaffe
CEO/President/Board Member

All businesses are the same; they exist for the sole purpose of “gaining and retailing customers, profitably in order to create real value.” In the course of his 30+ year career, Lewis Jaffe following that simple mantra, has led the growth, successful turnarounds of more than 20 underperforming companies, public and private as their chief executive or outside advisor in a variety of industries, creating over $500MM in shareholder value. Lew’s greatest strengths include leadership, vision and building plan that teams can execute with great success. He is a customer-focused leader who understands complex market dynamics, the intricacies of distribution channels and maximizing corporate assets including human capital and leveraging a balance sheet. Lew’s focus is on business to business companies but also has experience with business to consumer. Much of his concentration has been in telecommunications, manufacturing, media/content delivery, and distribution of B2B and B2C products, disposables through capital goods. He also has significant experience with M&A activity and post transaction integration.

Bill Loftus

Bill is one of four founding partners of LLBH Private Wealth Management. He leads the Corporate Executive Services, Lending and Alternative Investment operations of the firm. Bill is also responsible for overseeing new business development and the management of the firms west coast operation. With a career spanning almost 30 years, Bill began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1986. He then spent 10 years as a Senior Vice president at Smith Barney before returning to Merrill Lynch in 1998 as part of their Private Banking and Investment Group, the firm’s prestigious division serving high net worth individuals, families and businesses. In 2008, Bill and his three partners left Merrill Lynch to form LLBH Private Wealth Management, an independent Registered Investment Advisory Firm, to better serve their clients according to a fiduciary standard. Bill has been named a 2015 Five Star Wealth Manager and a Leading Wealth Advisor by Worth Magazine. Bill regularly contributes editorial to Worth Magazine, providing insight and education of the wealth management industry. Bill has been featured on Fox Business Channel, the Dow Jones Advisor Show and is frequently cited in local and national press. Bill has recently been appointed as the Head of the Advisory Counsel for Save the Children’s Board of Directors. Bill remains active with other charitable organizations as well, including St. Vincent Medical Centers SWIM Across the Sound fundraiser where he acts as the standing emcee of the annual event. . Bill resides in Westport, CT and in his spare time Bill enjoys anything and everything sporty, seeing and playing live music, reading and travelling.

Jeff Byers

Jeff Byers is an Advisor for LLBH Private Wealth Management, which manages $1.7 Billion in assets in a virtual family office model. With several years of experience in the wealth management industry Jeff has extensive relationship, client service and advisory experience.   Jeff joined LLBH to head the west coast office with a focus on growing their presence, as well as enhancing the breath of client relationships.  In addition, Jeff is very involved with their newest initiative  which is a $50 Million growth venture capital fun, where he is heavily involved in deal sourcing, initial due diligence, and ongoing relationship management.  Prior to LLBH, Jeff was a Partner and Financial Advisor at The Drexler Group of Wells Fargo Advisors where he and his team managed over $300 million in assets. This is actually a second career for Byers who retired as a veteran of the NFL. Although an undrafted free agent, Byers’ resilience, determination and talent led to a four year professional football career. Raised in Loveland, Colorado, Jeff was a standout high-school football player, earning Gatorade’s High School football player of the year award in 2004. He continued his notable football career at the University of Southern California, where as a freshman, his team won the national championship in 2004. He went on to serve as a two-time captain for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. Jeff earned both his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his MBA from the University of Southern California, both while playing football. He then went onto the NFL where he played with the Seattle Seahawks, Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers before ultimately retiring from the league. Jeff, his wife, and their son, currently reside Pacific Palisades, California.

Saundra Lee

Saundra Lee has over 20 years of career education, seminar and workshop facilitation experience.  She is the President and Founder of Dubin & Lee, a corporate accounting & finance executive search firm and also facilitates workshops and seminars focused on helping people achieve their career goals. Saundra has spent over 15 years headhunting talent within corporate accounting and finance with Dubin & Lee and prior to that with Winter, Wyman & Company. She has overseen numerous client accounts, ranging from start-ups to multi-billion dollar conglomerates. She has worked with a $12 billion corporation on building its accounting and finance teams, succession planning, and hiring as well as filling key positions at start-ups, medium sized publicly traded companies, non-profits and Universities. Ms. Lee is the sole owner of Dubin & Lee. Ms. Lee also volunteers with Careerlink in conjunction with the State of Massachusetts “Workforce Initiative” to help those on government transition assistance enter back into the workforce.

Coaches and Mentors

Andrew Fosheim

Co-­Founder and CEO of Gravel, Andy is a successful estate entrepreneur with over $15 million in sales revenue in just 4 years.  As a licensed broker and investor coordinator, Andy found and managed residential home flips throughout Southern CA and AZ. Prior to Real Estate Andy was the english department director at a large school in Thailand, where he trained dozens of local teachers and set course curriculum for the school. In addition, he instructed more than 1300 kids per week in class sizes of 60+. B.S. in Economics and Poly Sci from the University of Colorado.

Ricky Fosheim

Co-­Founder and President  of Gravel, Ricky is the founder of Detention Films, where he produced three feature films and dozens of music videos. His work has screened at major US festivals and received international distribution. Ricky’s desire to push the boundaries of technology and storytelling led him to produce and direct Uneasy Lies the Mind, the first feature film shot entirely on an diPhone. Ricky spent his four years as a freelance cinematographer at Will Ferrell’s comedy website Funny or Die, where he had the opportunity to shoot for almost every major actor in Hollywood. B.A. in Film Production and a B.A. in Business Entrepreneurship from Loyola Marymount University.

Ron Rishagen
Entrepreneur in Residence

Ronald Rishagen, earned an athletic scholarship for hockey to Colorado College. After graduating with a degree in economics he continued a professional ice-hockey officiating career for seven years. After retiring from sports, he discovered a travel niche not being fulfilled resulting in his first entrepreneurial pursuit. Economic market changes five years later caused Ronald to sell the company. He then started his second venture in the travel industry. After 13 years an offer to sell was too good to refuse, so he began his second retirement. Ron desired to enter the world of education and he has been teaching economics and business courses at St. Bernard High School for 12 years. In his last year of teaching, he implemented an entrepreneurship class. To provide additional expertise and resources, a partnership with LMU Entrepreneurship Program was established whereby six senior LMU entrepreneurship students guided the SBHS entrepreneurship class. Ron now lives in Playa Del Rey volunteering as a Docent on the USS Battleship Iowa berthed in San Pedro, Advising the Entrepreneurship Society at LMU and Instructing Financial Literacy at Homeboy Industries.

Carina Howell

Carina Howell-Tims is an Associate for In2:In2Thinking Network. A business of better thinking fosters leadership, which leads to sustainable solutions and workplace well-being, resulting in profit.  Carina works with the In2:Inthinking Network to spread knowledge to organizations that helps advance and manage change and workplace well-being through awareness, fellowship, and action. She strategically supports organizations developing missions and goals through forward-thinking impact driven efforts. 10+ years serving small-to-medium-sized businesses and start-ups in creating knowledge-driven operational success using advanced management thinking, focusing on Innovative Leadership techniques. Demonstrating achievements in systemic change, profitable solutions in complex and dysfunctional environments, fostering dialogue in decision-making, improving efficiency, and development of successful operations.

Taleia Mueller

Taleia Mueller joined CTRL Collective, a creative campus environment as COO when the company was established in June 2015. The company offers a shared workspace for aspiring and established businesses looking to create, mold and shape the future. She started her career in 2006 at a production company and continued her passion for the entertainment industry by working for the Cameron family and other artistic notables like Frank Gehry and Guy Oseary.  The last four years of her professional career were focused on the technology side of entertainment working with entrepreneurs to follow their passion.  It was during this time that she met David Bren and they partnered on CRTL Collective. Taleia lives in Los Angeles and supports many charity organizations including Dogs without Borders and Much Love Pet Rescue.  Through CTRL Collective, proceeds of major events are donated to non-profit organizations throughout the year.

David Bren

A serial entrepreneur David graduated University one and half years ago. David became a successful businessman by the age of 20, leaving school he is on his third business endeavor shifting the way coworking spaces will be viewed and valued.

Bryson Ishii
Principal @ Growth Factor Ventures

Bryson Ishii is a Principal at Growth Factor Ventures, a Los Angeles based investment firm specializing in healthcare and consumer products opportunities. Through his time with Growth Factor Ventures, Bryson has assisted companies through a variety of developmental phases, ranging from small start-up investments to larger “going-public” transactions.

Jason D'Mello
Entrepreneurship Professor at LMU

Jason D’Mello is currently an Entrepreneurship professor at LMU. He has been involved in ventures in the internet and mobile space, launching applications on the iPhone platform. He is the co-founder of Idea Mornings breakfast talks, has managed a Kauffman Foundation project called "The Founders Distillery”, launched RISE - Refugees and Immigrants Succeeding in Entrepreneurship, and is a co-founder of AMPED - Academy of Music Production Education and Development.

Julia Dilts

Julia Dilts is the Co-Founder of Wild Horse Labs, the Idea-to-Exit Training Lab for Start-Ups, which focuses on the Entrepreneur within Our Global Economy. With an international network of industry experts and resources, the company helps customize Success Plans for early-stage entrepreneurs world-wide. Created by Southern California-based Maverick Angels, an Angel Investment Network with affiliate Chapters in Western Europe & Tel Aviv in which Julia was the CEO & Co-Founder, Wild Horse Labs helps entrepreneurs attract funding and receive essential resources beyond capital. From individuals starting out with a brilliant idea to fast-paced early-stagers seeking funding from angel investors, Wild Horse offers a powerhouse of connections, education and mentorship to entrepreneurs who are open to learning new and innovative ways to build something bigger and better. 

Mike Miller
Investor / Co-Founder at Wild Horse Labs

Wild Horse Labs is a World-Class Industry Leader with diverse backgrounds and have extensive experience in running start-ups. With our global network of resources, we help Customize Success Plans for Early-Stage Entrepreneurs in the US and Around the Globe. Created by Southern California-based Maverick Angels, we help entrepreneurs attract funding and receive essential resources beyond capital. From individuals starting out with a brilliant idea to fast-paced early-stage entrepreneurs seeking funding from angel investors, Wild Horse Labs offers a powerhouse of connections, education and mentorship to entrepreneurs who are open to learning new and innovate ways to build something bigger & better.

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The Startup Weekend LMU team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Techstars Startup Weekend Los Angeles is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
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